Author: Casey Ryan, C’95
I had the pleasure of watching a Penn baseball game over the weekend. The Penn Club of Hampton Roads, headed by Joel Nied, C’90, invited Penn Alumni in the area to watch our Quakers take on the Norfolk State University Spartans in the first game of a double header this Saturday. Penn won, 3-2, and went on to beat the Spartans in their second game that day, too.
As Joel and I introduced ourselves to the Penn-appareled crowd, we met a hard-core crowd of Penn Baseball fans – the parents of the team members. Both alumni and parents chatted and had a great time while the alumni got the inside scope on players and their skills as the game continued. The Alumni Club joined the parents to cheer on native son, #36 John Beasley, C’13, of Virginia Beach, when he took to the mound to pitch for the Quakers. One proud mother thanked the club for coming out and supporting the baseball team, saying it was really touching that some alumni came to cheer the team and her son on and she really appreciated it.
While I watched the intense 14-inning game, I sweated so hard that my “waterproof” sunscreen dripped off, and then I found $5.